Select HTC Android Phones to Receive Upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Despite the debacle with LG and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade, HTC has gone on to officially announce that a number of the company’s current-generation Android smartphones will get an upgrade from their current Android version–Android 2.2 Froyo–to Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread. According to HTC, “We are excited about the OS update coming for Android, and while HTC will definitely have some phones running this OS, we do not have a specific timeframe for new phones or updates at this time. Please stay tuned for more details.”

The company was not specific as to which phones would receive updates to Android 2.3, nor did HTC release a timeline on when an upgrade would be expected for release. It is anticipated that newer models will get the upgrade first, and those models include the T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, Desire HD, and Desire Z, which is a variant of the G2. The company will most likely roll our new phones with Android 2.3 Gingerbread as well.

In the Android environment, updates are usually controlled by carriers and manufacturers, despite the fact that the OS is free for use by carriers and manufacturers. This problem has led to a problem known as fragmentation where certain devices that do not receive OS upgrades may lack in newer features or functionality. With devices prior to Android 2.2 Froyo, those that did not get the Android 2.2 upgrade were left out of features such as Adobe Flash 10.1 Mobile support and tethering.

Historically, in the case of phone OS upgrades, manufacturers and carriers usually offer one or two major OS upgrades to a phone model. This will encourage users of older handsets to purchase hardware upgrades. Also, as the mobile industry is rapidly evolving, some software features would not be compatible with older hardware models, and this may be an incentive to have customers who desire maximum compatibility and functionality to also invest in the latest hardware.

Via: HTC Source

18 Comments

  1. Demond HTC EVO 4G™

    12/09/2010 at 6:01 am

    ….what about sprints flagship EVO 4G??

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    • Techtea

      12/09/2010 at 4:31 pm

      I think those of us with Evos are already holding old technology. Sigh. We’re not so valuable anymore. *pouts*

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      • exvet

        12/09/2010 at 9:04 pm

        Excuse me but 4g isn’t oldfor the us

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    • dan

      12/20/2010 at 10:29 pm

      downloading it to my EVO now.

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  2. Weawewa

    12/09/2010 at 8:03 am

    What about my Galaxy S ?

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    • guerro

      12/09/2010 at 2:37 pm

      Galaxy S is samsung.. not HTC

      Reply

  3. Anonymous

    12/09/2010 at 4:54 pm

    I hope the EVO will get the update soon…we have 2.2 now, and are looking forward to 2.3 . Thanksgiving has passed, and would really like the update before xmas (if possible), The EVO is great and the new features of the OTA upgrade would be a wonderful xmas present! Happy Holidays!

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  4. Anonymous

    12/10/2010 at 1:39 am

    Victim mentality.

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  5. Anonymous

    12/10/2010 at 1:39 am

    Victim mentality.

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  6. Anonymous

    12/10/2010 at 1:39 am

    Victim mentality.

    Reply

  7. Anonymous

    12/10/2010 at 3:02 am

    Hardware problem is more difficult to be solved by customers. It’s not like OS that you can jailbrake it. It’s bad news that the old devices can’t update latest OS. Apple did this to old apple tv that iDevices can’t stream videos to old apple tv.
    Actually, android 2.3 didn’t have the funtion of open source video codec( used for HTML5).

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  8. KASI

    04/15/2011 at 5:59 am

    What about HTC WILDFIRE???

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  9. Suhaybdiab

    04/22/2011 at 6:22 pm

    I hav a g2 i was excited wen my fone was the first name, but any1 kno when the update comes out

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  10. Alnihaz

    04/23/2011 at 6:14 pm

    i am using htc desire and its current version is 2.2 ……..ist possible to upgrade it to 2.3…

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  11. Ayaan

    09/09/2011 at 9:58 am

    can HTC Desire be upgraded to android 2.3?

    Reply

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